iFixit has a message for amateur mechanics who think they can repair their own iPad Airs: Don’t try this at home. After ripping apart the iPad Air and looking at its internals, the iFixit team found that Apple’s new tablet was almost impossible to self-repair and noted that the device’s arteries were clogged with a large amount of glue needed to keep the device together inside such a thin, compact frame. Specifically, iFixit found that removing the iPad Air’s battery was next to impossible and couldn’t get it done without warping the battery into a curved shape. On the plus side, however, iFixit did find that the iPad Air “is 20% thinner, 28% lighter, and 24% reduced in volume from the 4th-gen iPad,” so all that adhesive is going toward giving us the lightest and thinnest iPad yet.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.